general view of atmosphere at the Hearst Castle
Neptune Pool Reception at Hearst Castle on Sept. 7,
2013 in San Simeon, Calif.
taking a dip in one of Hearst Castle’s ornate pools on a
warm summer evening. The historic swimming pools at the
famously opulent private residence built by newspaper
publisher William Randolph Hearst will open for pool
parties on selected evenings — with a $1,250-per-person
have been among the most photographed parts of the
165-room mansion designed by architect Julia Morgan
between 1919 and 1947.
Pool, famous for its sweeping colonnades and Italian
relief sculptures, will be open 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 6,
Aug. 3 and 24, and Sept. 21. It’s 104 feet long, and
more than 3 feet at the shallow end and 10 feet at the
deep end. It was drained in 2014 to fix cracks and
refilled in 2018 in a project that cost $10 million.
parties are limited to 40 guests.
same price, the indoor Roman Pool, which shimmers with
deep blue glass tiles and is decorated with statues of
Greek and Roman figures, will open the same evening hours
to just 20 guests on July 20 and Oct. 19. Mosaic tile
patterns covering the pool area were inspired by a 5th
century mausoleum in Ravenna, Italy.
parties include “savory and sweet treats” as well as
local wines and craft beers, the website said. Prices drop
to $950 for Foundation at Hearst Castle members. The
events benefit the foundation, which raises money to
support conservation and restoration at the 127-acre site.
on sale July 1.
decades, Morgan worked with Hearst on the design of the
lavish home formally called La Cuesta Encantada. Hearst
died in 1951, and in 1958 his home was established as a
California state park and opened to public tours.
swim, travelers can take the 60-minute guided Grand Rooms
Tour and see both pools ($25 for adults, $12 for children
5 though 12).